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The Bear Creek Primitive 
Baptist Association 


ELDER J. P. MILLS, Moderator. 

J. W. JONES, Clerk, 
Marsh ville, N. C. 

Enquirer Print, Monroe, N. C. 



Bear Creek Primitive 
Baptist Association 


Twenty-Eighth Spring Session, held with the Church at 
New Zion, Cabarrus County, N. C, commencing on Saturday 
before the first Sunday in May, 1912. Also of the Eighty- 
First Annual or Fall Session, held with the Church at 
Meadow Creek, Stanly County, N. C, commencing on Sat- 
urday before the first Sunday in October, 1912. 

Compiled and Distributed by 
J. "W. JONES, Clerk and Treasurer, 
Marshville, N. C. 

Digitized by the Internet Archive 
in 2014 



Spring Session, 1912. 

New Zion, Cabarrus County, N. C, May 4, 1912. 
Assembled at the stand at 11 o'clock A. M. Service 
opened with praise and prayer by Elder A. J. Taylor, a 

Introductory sermon then preached by Elder T. M. Stan- 
ley, visitor from Silver Creek. Text, St. John, 3rd chapter 
and 7th verse. 

Intermission one hour. ^Then convened in the house. 
Praise and prayer by Elder J. E. Williams. Then proceeded 
to business, Elder Mills presiding. 

1. Called for letters from the Churches. They were 
handed in and read by H. M. Baucom. 

2. Re-elected Elder J. F. Mills moderator and J. W. 
Jones clerk. 

3. Invited visiting messengers from sister associations 
to seats. Brother Samuel Snyder, of Abbotts Creek, was 
present and seated. 

4. Invited visiting ministers and laymen from sister 
associations to seats. Present from Silver Creek Elder 
T. M. Stanley; from Nolachucka, Tenn, Elder Samuel Mc- 
Millon ; from the Tennessee Association of Tenn., Elders 

A. J. Taylor, J. W. Shurficld and Bro. Jonas Taylor; from ^ 
Salem, Elders C. A. Davis and M. L. Willard; from Ab- 
botts Creek were Brethren C. W. Young, D. P. Broadaway, 
C. B. Owens and P. M. Foster, all of whom were welcomed. 

5. Appointed on Committee on Arrangements, Breth- 
ren D. B. Howard, S. L. MuUis and Aaron Furr, with mod- 
erator and clerk. 

6. Appointed the following ministers to preach at the 
stand on to-morrow, to-wit : M. L. Willard, T. M. Stanley, 
J. W. Shurfield and Samuel McMillon. Service to con- 
mence at 10 o'clock A. M. 

7. Adjourned to meet at 9 o'clock Monday A. M.. Ben- 
ediction by the moderator. 

Preaching at the stand Saturday evening by Elders 
C. A. Davis and J. W. Shurfield. ^ 

Sunday's Preaching at the Stand. 

Assembled at 10 o'clock A. M. Preaching first by Elder 
M. L. Willard. Text, contents of 5th chapter of Isaiah; 
followed by Elder J. W. Shurfield from these words : ' ' The 


world by wisdom knows not God." 

Intermission one hour. Service continued by Elder Sam- 
uel McMillon from this Scripture : ' ' That which is born of 
flesh is flesh and that which is born of the spirit is spirit," 
and closed with short exhortation by Elder H. M. Williams. 

Monday Morning, May 7th. 

Reconvened in the house pursuant to adjournment. 
Praise and prayer by Elder C. A. Davis. 

8. Called on Arrangement Committee to report. Re- 
port was read and adopted. 

9. Called names of messengers, noted absentees and 
read Rules of Decorum. 

10. Called on corresponding messengers from sister 
associations to report. Brother Sam Snyder, of Abbotts 
Creek reported that they were in peace. Elder T. M. Stan- 
ley reported the same for Silver Creek. 

11. Called on corresponding messengers to sister asso- 
ciations to report. Elder Mills reported that he attended 
the Mill Branch Association, found them in peace and had 
good meetisg. 

12. Called on Presbyteries to report.^ No report. 

13. That we return thanks to God, this Church and 
people of the vicinity for kindness and hospitality during 
the meeting. 

14. Adjourned to time and place mentioned in last 
minutes. Benediction by the moderator. 

While the association was in session in the house preach- 
ing services were conducted at the stand by Elders C. A. 
Davis, Samuel McMillon and B. L. Treece. This was a fine 
meeting indeed. 

ELDER J. F. MILLS, Moderator. 

J. W. JONES, Clerk. 

Messengers Spring Session, 1912. 

Bear Creek — Elder J. E. Williams, J. A. Barbee, Aaron 

Bethany — By letter. 

Brooms Grove — Elder H. M. Williams, T. M. Broom, W. 
E. Williams. 

Concord — J. D. Carriker, D. S.. Blake. 
Clarks Grove — ^E. Barber, S. B. Tucker, Jas. Helms. 
Crooked Creek — H. E. Rowell, J. M. Austin. 
Freedom — Not represented. 


High Hill— C . A. Helms, S. A. Helms*, W. M. Clontz*. 
Howards Chapel — P. A. How^ard, R. B. Burrus, D. B. 

Jerusalem— J. W. Godwin, T. F. Mills, W. A. Helms*. 
Jones Hill— Fulton Curlee, W. H. Howard*, J. S. Little*. 
Liberty — Not represented. 

Liberty Hill— C. W. Safley, R. T. Burrus, W. H. Hinson*. 
Lawyers Spring — S. Edwards, H. M. Baucom, J. W. 

Meadow Creek — J. A. Barbee, H. Shoe, D. M. Hathcock. 
Mountain Creek— Elder B. L. Treece, J. C. Miller, J. E. 

New Zion — S. M. Underwood. 

Pleasant Hill — Eli Liles, Sam, Rimmer, J. S. Norris*. 
Pleasant Grove— J. A. Jones*, C. E. Griffin, T. A. Helms*. 
Running Creek— W. H. Hatley*, J. H. McClure, G. M. 

Union Grove— T. F. Hill, T. A. McClellan, C. S. Medlin*. 
Watson— S. L. Mullis, Joel MuUis*, E. C. Williams. 
Wadesboro — Not represented. 
Absentees marked thus *. 


Fall Session, 1912. 

Meadow Creek, Stanly County, N. C, 

October 5, 1912. 
Assembled at the stand at 11 o'clock A. M., and the in- 
troductory sermon delivered by Elder J. F. Mills from 1st 
verse of 23rd Psalms. 

Intermission one hour. Then the ministers and messen- 
gers present met in the house. Praise and prayer by Elder 
C. A. Davis, after which proceeded to business in the fol- 
lowing order, Elder Mills presiding : 

1. Called for the letters from the several churches. 
These were handed in and read by H. M. Baucom, the read- 
ing clerk. 

2. Re-elected Elder J. F. Mills moderator and J. W. 
Jones clerk. 

3. Received and read a letter from a newly organized 
Primitive Baptist Church at Albemarle, N. C, seeking ad- 
mittance into the Union, which was granted and their mes- 
sengers seated in council and the right hand of fellowship 
extended them by the moderator on behalf of the associ- 


4. Invited corresponding messengers from sister asso- 
ciations to seats. Elder B. H. Harrelson, of Mill Branch, 
and Elder W. T. Broadaway, of Abbotts Creek, were pres- 
ent and seated. 

5. Invited visiting brethren from sister associations also 
to seats. Elders P. W. Willard and C. A. Davis, of Salem, 
and Brother A. N. Snrratt, of Abbotts Creek, and Brother 
F. Beam, of Silver Creek, and Jonas Taylor, of Tennessee 
Associations, were present and seated. 

6. Appointed on Committee of Arrangements Elder J. 
E. Williams and Brothers Aaron Furr and S. L. Mnllis, with 
moderator and clerk. 

7. Appointed on Committee of Finance Brothers H. M. 
Baucom and S. A. Helms. 

8. Appointed the foollowing ministers to preach at the 
stand on to-morrow, to-wit : P. "W. "Willard, C. A. Davis, 
W. T. Broadaway and B. H. Harrelson. Service to com- 
mence at 10 o'clock A. M. 

9. Adjourned to half-past nine Monday A. M. 
Preaching service at the stand Saturday P. M. by Elders 

C. A. Davis and P. W. Willard. 

Sunday Services, October 6th. 

Elder P. W. Willard preached first. Text 14th verse of 
10th chapter of Ezekiel, followed by Elder C. A. Davis from 
Luke 19th chapter and 10th verse. 

Intermission one hour. Then service continued by Elder 
W. T. Broadaway from 17th verse of 1st chapter of St. 
John, and closed by Elder B. H. Harrelson from 16th chap- 
ter and 18th verse of Matthew. These brethren were greatly 
blessed of the Spirit to preach the gospel in demonstration 
and power and the hearers were much comforted and 

Monday Morning, October 7th. 

Reconvened in the house pursuant to adjournment. 
Praise and prayer by Elder Henry Taylor. Then proceeded 
to the regular order of business. 

10. Called on Committee of Arrangements to report. 
The same was read and adopted. 

11. Called the names of messengers, noted absentees, 
and read Rules of Decorum. 

12. Called on corresponding messengers to sister asso- 
ciations to report. Elder H. M. Williams reported that 
himself and Elder W. R. Helms attended the Silver Creek 


Association and were received and had good meeting; also 
Brother D. B. Howard attended the Abbotts Creek Associa- 
tion and was received. Other brethren appointed failed 
to attend but were excused. Received file of minutes from 
Mill Branch and Center Associations. 

13. Called on corresponding messengers from sister 
associations to report. Elder W. T. Broadaway reported 
the Abbotts Creek Association in peace and unity. Elder 
B. H. Harrelson reported the same for Mill Branch Asso- 

14. Appointed correspondence with sister associations 
as follows : 

To Abbotts Creek we send as messengers Elders J. E. 
Williams, W. R. Helms, H. M. Williams, Bro. T. M. Broom, 
and file of minutes. 

To Salem, file of minutes. 

To Center, file of minutes. 

To Mill Branch, Elders J. F. Mills, Henry Taylor, and 
file of minutes. 

To Silver Creek, Elders J. E. Williams, W. R. Helmu, H. 
M. AVilliams, Bro. T. M. Broom, and file of minutes. 

To Mountain District, file of minutes. 

15. Called for reports from Presbyteries. Elder J. E. 
Williams reported that himself and Elder B. L. Treece and 
some deacons formed a Presbytery on Friday, August 2nd, 
1912, at Albemarle, N. C, and organized and constituted 
the Primitive Baptist Church there. Elder Henry Taylor 
reported that himself and Elders W. C. Edwards and H. M. 
Williams formed a Presbytery at High Hill on first Sunday 
in June, 1912, and ordained Bro. S. A. Helms a deacon, and 
that himself and Elder J. E. Williams and Deacon Austin 
formed a Presbytery on Saturday before the third Sunday 
in July, 1912 at Crooked Creek and ordained Brothers H. 
E. Rowell and I. H. Little deacons, and also that himself and 
Elders W. C. Edwards and J. F. Mills formed a Presbytery 
on Saturday before the 4th Sunday in July, 1912, at Liberty 
and ordained Brothers D. S. Jones and S. D. Outen dea- 

16. Treasurer reports, left over from last year $ 2.10 

17. Finance Committee reports, sent up this year $32.90 

Total minute fund $35.00 

18. That the next Spring Session of this Association 
be held with the Church at Pleasant Hill, Iredell County, 


N. C, commencing on Saturday before the first Sunday in 
May, 1913, and that Elder Henry Taylor is appointed to 
preach the introductory sermon, Elder W. C. Edwards al- 
ternate, and that the Fall or Annual Session be held with 
the church at Lawyers Spring, Anson County, N. C, com- 
mencing on Saturday before the first Sunday in October, 
1913, and that Elder J. E. Williams is appointed to preach 
the introductory sermon. Elder J. F. Mills alternate. 

19. That the clerk send notices of above meetings to 
''The Landmark" and Primitive Baptist for publica- 

20. That the clerk superintend the printing of 800 
copies of these minutes and distribute them as usual and 
receive same allowance as last year for services. 

21. That each Church of this Association is requested 
to consider the advisability of dividing this Association into 
two bodies, making Rocky River the line, and report their 
decision to the next Fall Session at Lawyers Spring. 

22. That we return sincere thanks to God, this Church 
and people of the vicinity for the very hospitable manner 
in which we have been received and cared for during this 
meeting . 

23. Adjourned to times and places above mentioned. 
Benediction by the moderator. 

Monday preaching services were conducted at the stand 
by Elders P. W. Willard, C. A. Davis and B. H. Harrelson. 

This was a most pleasant and enjoyable meeting and was 
largely attended every day and much interest manifested 
and we believe the Lord was glorified in these services. 

. ELDER J. F. MILLS, Moderator. 
J. W. JONES, Clerk, Marshville, N. C. 


Church Clerks and Their Addresses. 

Albemarle — W. H. Hinson, Albemarle, N. C. 
Bear Creek, Aaron Furr, Bloomington, N. C. 
Bethany — Miss Jane P. Jones, Route 2, Wadesboro, N. C. 
Brooms Grove — J. P. Huneycutt, Monroe, N. C. 
Concord, D. S. Blake, Concord, N. C. 
Clarks Grove — J. L. Helms, Locust Level, N. C. 
Crooked Creek — H. E. Rowell, Route 2, Indian Trail, 
N. C. 

Freedom— A. J. Deese, Whitley, N. C. 


High Hill— S. A. Helms, Monroe, N. C. 

Howards Chapel — P. A. Howard, Route 1, Norwood, N. C. 

Jersulaem — J. W. Godwin, Route 2, Marshville, N. C. 

Jones Hill— J. S. Little, Big Lick, N. C. 

Liberty, Oscar Broom, Route — , Monrod, N. C. 

Liberty Hill— C. W. Safley, Bridgeport, N. C. 

Lawyers Spring, J. W. Jones, Marshville, N. C. 

Meadow Creek — D. M. Hathcock, Locust Level, N. G. 
Mountain- Creek — J. E. Russell, Route 2, Albemarle, N. G. 

New Zion — S. M. Underwood, Route 7, Concord, N. C. 

Pleasant Hill — H. P. Cashion, Route 2, Barber, N. C. 

Pleasant Grove — T. A. Helms, Marshville, N. C. 

Running Creek — G. M. Tucker, Route 1, Mt. Pleasant, 
N. C. 

Union Grove— I. N. Medlin, Monroe, N. C. 
Watson — S. L. Mullis, Route — , Monroe, N. C. 
Wadesboro— W. D. Edwards, Polkton, N. C. 

Communion Meetings. 

Albemarle — Third Sunday in September. 

Bear Creek- — First Sunday in August. 

Bethany — Third Sunday in August. 

Brooms Grove — Fourth Sunday in September. 

Concord — Third Sunday in June. 

Clarks Grove — Second Sunday in July. 

Croked Creek — Third Sunday in July. 

Freedom — Fourth Sunday in September. 

High Hill — First Sunday in September. 

Howards Chapel — Saturday before the 4th Sunday in 

Jerusalem — Second Sunday in August. 

Jones Hill — Third Sunday in September. 

Liberty — Fourth Sunday in July. 

Liberty Hill — Fourth Sunday in July. 

Lawyers Spring — First Sunday in August. 

Meadow Creek — Third Sunday in August. 

Mountain Creek — Saturday before the 2nd Sunday in 

New Zion — Second Sunday in June. 

Pleasant Hill — Fourth Sunday in June. 

Pleasant Grove — Second Sunday in July. 

Running Creek — Second Sunday in August. 

Union Grove — Second Sunday in September. 

Watson — Fourth Sunday in May. 

Wadesboro — Not settled upon. 


Financial Statement, 1912. 

Left over from last year — $ 2.10 

Sent up this year 32.90 


For printing these minutes _ — $12.00 

Allowance to clerk 8.00 

Total expense $20.00 $20.00 

Balance on hand $15.00 

Addresses of Ordained Ministers. 

Elder J. F. Mills, Marshville, N. C. 
Elder J. E. Williams, Blomington, N. C. 
Elder W. K. Helms, Mooresville, N. C. 
Elder H. M. Williams, Indian Trail, N. C. 
Elder Walter Edwards, Wingate, N. C. 
Elder Henry Taylor, Monroe, N. C. 
Elder B. L. Treece, Albemarle, N. C. 


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1. A moderator, or chief speaker, and clerk may be 
chosen by the suffrages of the members present. 

2. The chief speaker, or moderator, shall take his seat 
at the hour to which the association shall be adjourned, and 
after prayer shall proceed to business. It shall be his duty 
to keep order, and shall be entitled to the same privileges of 
speech as that of another; provided he appoint one of the 
members to fill the chair during the exercise of such privi- 
lege, and in no case shall give a vote unless the association 
be equally divided. 

3. Only one member shall be allowed to speak at a 
time, who shall rise from his seat and address the chief 
speaker by the appellation of brother, and while speaking 
shall confine himself strictly to the subject in question, and 
shall not be interrupted unless he digress from the subject, 
and shall in no wise reflect on any other speaker, so as to 
make remarks on his slips and failings and imperfections, 
but shall fairly give his own views of the case without 
sophistry and criticism. 

4. No person shall speak more than three times on one 
subject without leave of the association. 

5. No person shall absent himself from the association 
without leave. 

6. No member of the association shall address any other 
member by any other term or name than that of brother. 

7. The chief speaker or moderator shall not interrupt 
one member to prohibit him from speaking until his speech 
is finished, except he break the Rules of Decorum, 

8. The names of all the members of this association 
shall be enrolled by the clerk, and be called over as often as 
the association may require. 

Any member who shall willingly and knowingly break 
or violate any of the foregoing rules of the association 
shall be reproved by the association in any way they may 
think proper. 


Article 1. We Believe in one living and true God, the 
Father, the Word and the Holy Ghost. 

Art. 2. We believe in the man Jesus being the first of 
all God's creation and the pattern of all God's perfection in 


nature, providence, grace and glory, and in relative union 
with the divine Word, and thus united with the whole Trin- 

Art. 3. We believe that the Scriptures of the Old and 
New Testaments contain the only written revealed word of 
God, and are the only prefect rule of faith and practice for 
God's church in her militant state while here on earth. 

Art. 4. We believe in the doctrine of Election, that God 
chose His church in Christ Jesus before the world began. 

Art. 5. We believe in all mankind's apostacy by trans- 
gression in Adam, their federal head. 

Art. 6. We believe in the doctrine of Original Sin. 

Art. 7. We believe in the impotency of man to recover 
himself from his fallen state by his own free will and ability. 

Art. 8. We believe that sinners are justified freely by 
grace and before God by faith in Christ and his righteous- 
ness only. 

Art. 9. We believe that God's elect or church shall be 
called, converted, regenerated and sanctified by the Holy 
Spirit in due time. 

Art. 10. We believe that the saints shall persevere in 
grace and never finally fall away. 

Art. 11. We believe that baptism and the Lord's Sup- 
per are ordinances of Christ's appointment and that be- 
lievers alone are the subjects of baptism and the only proper 
comunicants of the supper; that the mode of baptism is 
immersion, and that neither of the ordinances is to be alter- 
ed or changed by the inventions or opinions of men. 

Art. 12. We believe that no man as a minister has any 
right to the administration of any of the ordinances of the 
gospel except such as are sound in the faith of the gospel, 
regularly baptized, called of God, and have come under the 
imposition of hands by a regular presbytery. 

Art. 13. We believe in the resurrection of the dead, 
both the just and the unjust, and a general judgment. 

Art. 14. We believe that the punishment of the wicked 
will be everlasting and the joys of the righteous eternal. 

Form of Government (or Constitution) of the Bear Creek 
Primitive Baptist Association, 

which was adopted in the date of A. D., 1832, and has been 
in vogue ever since. 
1st. The Association shall be composed of members duly 
chosen by the different churches in our union and sent to 


represent them in the Association, who producing letters 
from their respective churches certifying to their appoint- 
ment, shall be entitled to a seat. 

2. In the letters from the different churches, shall be 
expressed their members in full fellowship, those baptized, 
received by letter, excommunicated, restored and dead since 
the last Association. 

3rd. The members thus chosen and convened shall be 
denominated the Bear Creek Association, who shall have no 
power to lord it over God's heritage, nor have any ecclesi- 
astical power to infringe on thp internal rights of the church, 
nevertheles in some cases, it becomes necessary to have some 
uniform rule of proceeding, viz. : when an offense may be 
committed by one church against another, we advise the 
church so offended to labor with the offender for satisfac- 
tion, and if she fail of success, she may call in the aid of 
two or more churches in the union to assist in the labors, and, 
if finally, satisfaction in the opinion of the helps cannot be 
obtained, then the aggrieved church may bring the case 
before the Association, whose duty it shall be to act on it; 
and also, when any serious difference may arise, in any in- 
dividual church, which they all, after due labor had, cannot 
reconcile, we advise the church then to call in the aid of 
two or more churches in the union to assist in the work; 
and, if no satisfaction can bv- had, it may be brought before 
the Association, who shall act on it, and to further illustrate 
the mode of proceeding in the above cases, reference shall 
be had in the 18th chapter of the gospel by Matthew and 
other scripture, which respect discipline for the bringing 
to trial, and determining on the case of an individual mem- 
ber in an individual church, and the Association will take 
cognizance of no case of the kind unless the above pro- 
ceeding be had thereon. 

4. The Association when convened shall be governed by 
a regular and proper Decorum, which they are authorized 
to form for themselves. 

5th. The Association shall appoint a Chief Speaker or 
Moderator from among themselves for the time being, whose 
duty it shall be to see that the Eules of Decorum shall be 
attended to, take the opinion of the Association on all 
questions properly brought before them; and a Clerk shall 
be appointed by the Association, whose duty it shall be to 
take a correct minute of the proceedings of the Association, 
keep a regular file of the minutes, who shall be at liberty 
to choose his assistant. 


6th. New churches may be admitted into this union, 
who shall petition by letter and delegate or delegates on 
examination, if found orthodox and orderly may be receiv- 
ed and may be manifested by the Chief speaker or Modera- 
tor giving the right hand of fellowship to the delegate or 

7th. Every church or delegate shall be entitled to rep- 
resentation in the Association, but shall not have more than 
three members from a church. 

8th. Any query presented to the Association by any 
church in the union shall be read, on which the sense of the 
Association shall be taken, whether it be considered, and 
if there be a majority for taking it into consideration it 
shall be examined, otherwise it shall be withdrawn, never- 
theless no query except such as relate to the general union 
shall be received from any church which has not been de- 
liberately considered in the church in which it originated 
and which they cannot get satisfaction. 

9th. Every motion made in order and seconded, shall 
come under the consideration of the Association unless it be 
withdrawn by the person who made it together with his 

10th. The Association shall endeavor to furnish the 
churches with minutes of their proceedings, and in order 
to enable them to do it in the most convenient manner it is 
recommended that the churches should contribute such sums 
of money as they think proper and send by their messengers, 
which, when received, shall be put into the hands of the 
Treasurer appointed for that purpose, and shall be distrib- 
uted as the Association may direct for the benefit of the 

11th. Presbyteries for the purpose of constituting 
churches, or acting in conjunction with the churches, in or- 
daining ministers or restoring those whose gifts have been 
suspended by excommunication to their former function, 
shall be composed of two or more ministers in the Union. 

12. The Association shall provide for the general Union 
of the churches, preserve the chain of communication 
among them, give them advice in matters of difficulties, 
enquire into the cause why any churches fail to represent 
themselves in the Association, appropriate the money sent 
by the churches for Associational fund to any purpose they 
may think proper or necessary for the benefit of the 
churches, and appoint any member or members of the Asso- 


ciation with Ms or their consent to transact any business 
for the benefit of the Union which they think proper. 

13. The Association may withdraw from any church or 
churches that are disorderly in principle or practice. 

14. The Association may, at its sitting, admit any dis- 
tnat brethren, whose principles accord with theirs, to sit 
with them, who shall be at liberty to discourse upon any 
question, and give his light, but not permitted to vote except 
touching the general Union. 

15th. All questions should be determined by a majority 
of members present, except in the reception of churches 
which should be unanimous. 

16th. Two-thirds of the members form a quorum to do 

17th. Amendments may be made to this form or gov- 
ernment and to this constitution-^a majority of the members 
being present. 

18th. The minutes of this Association shall be read and 
corrected if need be, and signed by the Chief Speaker and 

19th. The Association may adjourn to any time and 
place they may think proper. 

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